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Another Group Takes Issue With Administration’s Oil Spill Report

A community group in the Gulf of Mexico is the latest organization to take issue with the Obama administration’s rosy assessment of the status of the Gulf oil spill cleanup.

The Gulf Coast Fund, which was founded after Hurricane Katrina to support grassroots organizations in the region, said today “over 53 million gallons of oil are currently spread over the coastal areas and are washing ashore in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and the Florida panhandle.” That’s out of a total of 172 million gallons that were spilled into the Gulf.

Wilma Subra, a scientist and Gulf Coast Fund adviser, said in a statement:

Just because the oil is no longer on the surface, it does not indicate that the area is healthy. We’ve received reports from local residents all along the coast who continue to see oil on and off shore, as well as reports of hundreds of dead fish, crabs, birds, dolphins, and other sea life.

The group’s findings come days after the University of Georgia published a report finding that “up to 79 percent of the oil released into the Gulf of Mexico from the Deepwater Horizon well has not been recovered and remains a threat to the ecosystem.”

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